A former Boston television news anchor has accused actor Kevin Spacey of groping her then-18-year-old son last year—an accusation that police are reportedly investigating.
Heather Unruh said her son had met Spacey in July 2016 at a Nantucket restaurant. She claimed the House of Cards actor bought her son “drink after drink” before allegedly reaching down the teen’s pants and grabbing his genitals, according to Buzzfeed News.
The anchor recounted how her son sat in shock as Spacey continued to converse with other patrons and invited the teen to a different venue to drink. It wasn’t until Spacey went to the bathroom that a concerned woman reportedly intervened and instructed the boy to flee.
The teen told his family about it after he arrived back to his grandmother’s house. Unruh reportedly flew to Nantucket the next day to be with him.
“Shame on you for what you did to my son,” Unruh said at Wednesday’s news conference.
“I want to make it clear: This was a criminal act.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Unruh tweeted on October 13 that Spacey, 58, had assaulted a “loved one.” The accusation came weeks before actor Anthony Rapp would claim that a 26-year-old Spacey forced himself on him when he was 14.
— Heather Unruh (@HeatherUnruh) October 13, 2017
She later expounded on her tweets to the Boston Globe but didn’t reveal the victim’s identity. However, she hinted that Spacey had assaulted a woman as she told the paper that Spacey had “plied her with booze.” (The archived article containing the now-removed quote can be viewed here.)
Unruh said Wednesday that she and her son went to Nantucket police last summer about the alleged incident. Though authorities encouraged him to come forward, she said the teen didn’t go public out of “embarrassment and fear,” WBZ-TV reported.
She also said that her son recently filed a police report with Nantucket police, and claimed that a criminal investigation is underway. Nantucket Police Lieutenant Angus C. MacVicar couldn’t confirm whether a sexual assault report was made, citing confidentiality under Massachusetts law.
“He definitely thinks about it and he can’t erase it,” she said of her son, who is now 19.
“He’s committed to doing what he can to stop Kevin Spacey from victimizing anyone else.”
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